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Review for IMAGES ON THE RISE, Oakland, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I was a Resident in the housing program that was managed by the Director and I was grateful and very much impression by her hands on involvement at her age of 66 years old. She was very kind but no non sense and was on top of everything and was there for everybody, women and children.

She was not paid to manager the house but she would in turn take her income from the childcare and subsidy the women’s rent so they could afford to live in the program. I know at least 60% of my rent was subsidized and it allowed me to have some money in my pocket for myself and my child, when I was only receiving a small amount from welfare. It was not enough to live off in the first, but with the help of the program I was able to pay a small portion of the rent and the Director paid the biggest portion from her childcare income, even after providing the childcare.

The program was so unique to the women granted with the opportunity they could not understand why a person would do such a thing and could not unfortunately appreciate the kindness bestowed up on them. While the program proved to be successful on one hand the stress and personal attacks were overwhelming and the Director had a heart attack on September 9, 2016. But she has not stop and is going on to help expand the program, because she realize the need is great and many are suffering while sleeping in cars, tents, abandon houses or on someone’s couch. And I was so blessed to have experience such kindness and was move by her determination and wanting to continue to serve this community where some showed no appreciation for her help and wanted to destroy her. I could only pray for that kind of forgiveness and strength, may she be blessed and have a speedy recovery. I think she should not take on such a task, but I’m grateful I was one of the people to have experienced the opportunity

Role:  Client Served